Trackers NW Blog

Legacy
23rd
June

Today our families can lead disparate lives. There's no regalia, no code of arms or crests to represent honor to ourselves and our children. There's rarely a breadth of shared history and oral tradition that stands with a timeless hearth. The other day I noted to a colleague that Trackers is decidedly secular. You won't find an overwhelming tone of cultural or spiritual beliefs at our programs. You will find great skills meant to inform the legacy and hearth of your own family and community. At…

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Being truly helpful
30th
May

My mother was oldest of 4 children. Born in 1945 she was the one that had to follow my Italian grandfather to the produce stand every day after school, on weekends and in the summer. "I hated it at the time," she said about the hustle and bustle of the once infamous Yamhill market in Portland. As a teenager she began to realize her sisters…

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1 year of permaculture
22nd
May

An overview of Trackers 1 year Permaculture Immersion course... Perhaps the first of it’s kind, the Trackers Permaculture Immersion is a 9-month, one day-a-week, urban-focused Permaculture Design Certification course with extensive hands-on training opportunities. Core curriculum will be taught by internationally sought-after permaculture…

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Land as a family member
21st
May

What is your relationship to the land you live. Is it a commodity you pay mortgage on? Is it a friend or a member of the family? These questions are very important to the children in our lives. They don't see the yards and neighborhoods we live as simply "where our house sits". Spider webs, weird bugs and trees to climb are etched into the…

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5 thoughts for family connection
14th
May

I grew up in an Italian family. A big one. My identity is wrapped up in mia familia. Here are 5 thoughts that could help strengthen those bonds so important to all of us... 1) Make a family recipe book. Simply ask everyone, including Uncle Earl, for their favorite recipe. If you're food snob, don't be so quick to judge; include Aunt Sofie's…

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10 simple things
14th
May

10 simple things you can do the improve your village's relationship to the land. 1) Go fishing every other week during the summer. For every fish you catch, promise to put 2 back in its place. Don't worry, you'll find a way. 2) Gather spring greens: nettles, dandelions and other "weeds". Come back to that patch year after year. See how your…

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